Clinton Portis, Ryan Torain practice
Redskins running backs Clinton Portis and Ryan Torain, who are both dealing with injuries, dressed for and participated in practice Monday as the team returned from the bye week, but Coach Mike Shanahan said it was far too early to tell if either would be ready for the Nov. 15 game against Philadelphia.
"It's really hard to tell right now," Shanahan said. "I think I'll get a better feel over the next few days."
Portis suffered a torn groin muscle on Oct. 3 at Philadelphia, a game in which Torain wore down the Eagles in the fourth quarter of what became a 17-12 win. Torain carried 18 times for 70 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles, and with Portis out at least a month, he became the Redskins' featured back.
Torain's best games came in a Week 6 loss to Indianapolis, when he ran 20 times for 100 yards, and a Week 7 victory at Chicago, in which he carried 21 times for 125 yards - though he did fumble twice. But on the final play of the first half of an Oct. 31 loss at Detroit, Torain suffered a hamstring injury that kept him out the rest of the game.
Torain, who is clearly reluctant to give out any information about injuries - per Shanahan's wishes - practiced full-speed Monday. He acknowledged that the bye week had helped his hamstring heal.
"I was out there running plays, doing what the coaches asked," Torain said. "Just out there working hard."
In the loss to the Lions, the Redskins had just two running backs active - Torain and Keiland Williams. It's possible Washington will activate newly signed James Davis - who is on the practice squad -- for the Philadelphia game, depending on the health of Portis and Torain.
Shanahan said before the bye week that he thought Portis, even when he is healthy, would need a week of practice to work himself back into shape.
Torain has 91 carries for 391 yards, a 4.3-yard average, to go with three touchdowns. Portis has 49 carries for 195 yards, a 4.0-yard average, and two touchdowns. Williams has just 10 attempts for 38 yards and a touchdown, but as the third-down back, he has caught 14 passes for 85 yards and a score.
| November 8, 2010; 4:01 PM ET
Categories: Clinton Portis, Running backs, Ryan Torain
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